Your browser does not support script
TWV Presents...

Articles/Essays From Pagans

[Show all]

Views: 20,695,946

March 17th. 2018 ...

A Little Magickal History

Men and the Goddess

Pirates and Witches

An Open Fire: Healing from Within

November 15th. 2017 ...


Pagan Artist Trading Cards

September 30th. 2017 ...


August 31st. 2017 ...

The White Goddess: A Seminal Work in the Neo-Wiccan Movement.

Gudrun of the Victory Gods

The Goddess Asherah

July 31st. 2017 ...

Cernunnos: The Darkest Wood in the Moon's Light

Truth and Lies: Finding Wicca

Sin Eaters and Dream Walkers

July 2nd. 2017 ...

Back to Basics Witchcraft: Magical Creativity for Small Living Spaces

On Preconceived Pagan/Wiccan Political Affiliations

A Distant Thunder: Should You Care?

On Cursing: Politics and Ethos

Ares and Athena

July 1st. 2017 ...

Elements of Magic

June 1st. 2017 ...

Herbal Astrology

The Sacred Ego in Mediterranean Magical Traditions

La Santa Muerte... The Stigma and the Strength

The Lady on the Stairs

Nahualli: Traditional Aztec Witchcraft and Totems

April 30th. 2017 ...

Nazis Made Us Change Our Name

Why the Faeries?

The Wheel of the Year in Our Daily Lives

Tarot Talk: the Knight of Pentacles

March 30th. 2017 ...

Magic in Daily Life

The East and West of Wiccan Magick

Tarot Talk: the Ace of Swords

March 3rd. 2017 ...

Finding Balance: Discipline Wedded to Devotion

February 10th. 2017 ...

Understanding the Unseen

Kitchen Magic and Memories

January 10th. 2017 ...

The Gray of 'Tween

Becoming a Sacred Dancer

Little Dog, Big Love

December 9th. 2016 ...

A Child's First Yule

November 10th. 2016 ...

What Exactly Is Witchcraft?

A Witch in the Bible Belt: Questions are Opportunities

On Death and Passing: Compassion Burnout in Healers and Shamans

What I Get from Cooking (And How it’s Part of My Path)

October 10th. 2016 ...

Witchcraft from the Outside

September 11th. 2016 ...

Wild Mountain Woman: Landscape Goddess

How Did I Get Here? (My Pagan Journey)

September 3rd. 2016 ...

Rethinking Heaven: What Happens When We Die?

What is Happening in My Psychic Reading?

Nature’s Reward

August 12th. 2016 ...

When Reality Rattles your Idea of the Perfect Witch

Hungarian Belief in Fairies

Designing a Pagan Last Will and Testament

Past Midnight

July 13th. 2016 ...

What Every Pagan Should Know About Curses

Magic With A Flick of my Finger

Finding and Caring for Your Frame Drum

An Open Mind and Heart

June 13th. 2016 ...

Pollyanna Propaganda: The Distressing Trend of Victim-Blaming in Spirituality

Living a Magickal Life with Fibromyalgia

My Father, My First God

Life is Awesome... and the Flu

May 15th. 2016 ...

Wiccan Spirituality

Faery Guided Journey

How to Bond with the Elements through Magick

Magical Household Cleaning

Working with the Elements

April 2nd. 2016 ...

Becoming Wiccan: What I Never Expected

The Evolution of Thought Forms

The Fear of Witchcraft

Rebirth By Fire: A Love Letter to Mama Maui and Lady Pele

Magic in Sentences

Blowing Bubbles with the Goddess

March 28th. 2016 ...

Revisiting The Spiral

Still Practicing

Spring Has Sprung!

January 22nd. 2016 ...

Coming Out of the Broom Closet

Energy and Karma

Community and Perception

December 20th. 2015 ...

Magia y Wicca

October 24th. 2015 ...

The Dream Eater--A Practical Use of Summoning Talismans

Feeling the Pulse of Autumn

NOTE: For a complete list of articles related to this chapter... Visit the Main Index FOR this section.

Article Specs

Article ID: 15144

VoxAcct: 387376

Section: words

Age Group: Adult

Days Up: 2,047

Times Read: 1,951

RSS Views: 9,084
Tribalism and Shared Resources: A Sinnsreachd Perspective

Author: Dáire
Posted: August 12th. 2012
Times Viewed: 1,951

There are of course countless differences between the deoraithe and us. One difference in particular keeps most others in place while we continue to build on our own strength: shared resources. A typical deorad family works like this: Mom and dad start from scratch, build a household and raise kids; when the kids are of age they venture out and also start from scratch, build a household and raise kids; and when their kids are of age… You see the pattern. Each generation starts from nothing.

We strive to do things differently, better. Each generation adds to the financial strength, property holdings, etc. of the previous generation. This will lead to each tuatha becoming more stable, more secure and more self-sufficient as the generations progress. Ultimately, as tuatha grow bigger and more resource-rich, we will trade amongst each other and become something more than just individual tuatha. Someday. But how do we accomplish this today; how do we get started?

The first step is attitude. Stop thinking in terms of just your own generation. Consider your children, and their children. Always consider the inheritance that you will leave. Houses, cars, precious metals, firearms, books, tools, etc., all these things will be your legacy. At the same time, remember that debt is inherited as well. So avoid it as much as possible. (In most states, debts of the deceased are settled from liquidating estate assets before the remainder of the estate is released to the heirs.) Along these lines, never consider a “reverse mortgage”. It is a curse on your descendants. A Sinsearaí should never say or think, “What do I care; I’ll be dead.”

The main tool for building the tuath’s wealth and creating shared resources is the money render. Money render is a form of tithe where members regularly contribute a portion of their earnings to a tuath fund for the benefit of the whole. This fund is used to pay for feasts, purchase shared resources, loaned to members in need, etc. The specifics of what is contributed and how it is used will vary from one tuath to the next. As an example, here is how the Dáirine do it:

Everyone renders 10% of his or her earned income. To encourage personal savings, this is split between the Dáirine Treasury and the members’ own savings accounts. For members age 14 to adult, 5% goes to the Treasury and 5% goes to their savings. Under 14, the whole 10% goes to savings, but it does get them accustomed to the render. Decisions on how to disburse the Treasury are pretty organic right now, but officially adults have a full vote and members 14-17 have a half vote. Ultimately, the decision rests with the Taoiseach. The Treasury is kept in an account opened just for this purpose. The account balance is kept where everyone can see it so there is no question as to how the funds are being spent.

As a tuath grows, the amount of money available through the render grows as well. As the members are more successful in their careers, so too does the render grow. As an example, in a tuath with 10 working adults, it is quite reasonable to have an income of $1, 000 a month coming into the treasury. Put toward land, equipment, whatever, it could very much increase the tuath’s holdings.

Once a tuath has established an income in this manner, what can it do to further itself? Truly, there is no limit to this so long as the purchases are made for the benefit of the whole. Currently, our treasury is spent on the feasts and paying for the family’s Aikido training. Here are some more suggestions:

Buy property – This can be land, houses, or both. The houses can then be rented to members of the tuath or children just starting out on their own. Buy or build a halla – This would be a central meeting place for feasts, classes, etc.
Start a tuath library – Why should there be several copies of books that most people would only read once? Buy a copy and share. This would be especially good for rare, expensive books. The library idea also works well for DVD’s and video games.
Food and supply storage – We are taught that we should prepare so that we can weather bad times. The treasury can be used to create community level food storage to supplement each families own stores.
Start tuath owned and operated businesses – Invest in your own people by creating jobs.
Armory – Weapons and ammunition can be very expensive. The treasury could be used to help provide for the defense of the tuath.
Motor pool – Buy specialty vehicles. Why rent a pickup or box van when these could be owned by the tuath?
Training courses – Funds could be used to pay for martial arts training, EMT, first aid and CPR, tactical weapons training, welding, etc. All of these skills assist the tuath.
Specialty tools – The treasury could be used to buy tools that are expensive or infrequently used like an auger, jackhammer, backhoe, tiller, etc. Indeed, funds could be used to put together a full machine or woodworking shop.
Emergency fund – A cash fund that could be loaned to members having hard times.

It is said that money is one of the two main sources of argument leading couples to divorce, sex being the other. Money has the potential to become a volatile issue within the tuath as well. So, some care must be taken in the administration of the treasury. Probably the most important thing is transparency. Members should receive regular reports of how much is in the treasury and how it is being spent. An account should be started just for the treasury and there should be a limited number of people with access to it. I would recommend access be limited to no more than three people: the rí/taoiseach, an appointed treasurer, and perhaps one other. Procedures should be developed for deciding how the funds will be spent. I would recommend having some manner of voting depending on the size of the tuath. The keys are to ensure that funds are being spent for the benefit of the whole and that there is no appearance of the treasury becoming anyone’s personal slush fund.

In addition to the treasury, there are other ways to share resources, although many of these should be obvious. Help each other out. Watch each other’s kids. Take a meal to a member who has taken ill. Share skills. From auto mechanics to carpentry to knitting, there should be no skill in the tuath that all are not at least familiar with. Also, items that would normally be given to charity or sold should be offered within the tuath first. For some items, like outgrown clothes, unwanted toys, even old furniture, a bank of sorts could be created so that these items are available to members who can use them.

By working together, by sharing resources and knowledge, we will grow ever stronger. This is what the deoraithe do not understand. This is the strength of a tribal people.

Copyright: (c) 2009, Dáire Hobbs



Location: Fredericksburg, Virginia


Author's Profile: To learn more about Dáire - Click HERE

Other Articles: Dáire has posted 1 additional articles- View them?

Other Listings: To view ALL of my listings: Click HERE

Email Dáire... (Yes! I have opted to receive invites to Pagan events, groups, and commercial sales)

To send a private message to Dáire ...

Pagan Essays

Pagan Web
8,000 Links

Pagan Groups
Local Covens etc.

80,000 Profiles

Home - TWV Logos - Email US - Privacy
News and Information

Chapters: Pagan/Heathen Basics - Pagan BOOKS - Traditions, Paths & Religions - Popular Pagan Holidays - TV & Movies - Cats of the Craft - Festival Reviews - Festival Tips - White Pages (Resources) - Issues/Concerns - West Memphis 3 - Witch Hunts - Pagan Protection Tips - Healing Planet Earth

Your Voices: Adult Essays - Young Pagan Essays - Pagan Perspectives (On Hold) - WitchWars: Fire in the Craft - Gay Pagan - Pagan Parenting - Military - Pagan Passages

Pagan Music: Pagan Musicians - Bardic Circle at WitchVox - Free Music from TWV

Vox Central: About TWV - Wren: Words, Wrants and Wramblings - Guest Rants - Past Surveys - A Quest for Unity

Weekly Updates: Click HERE for an index of our weekly updates for the past 6 years

W.O.T.W. - World-Wide Networking

Your Town: A Link to YOUR Area Page (The largest listing of Witches, Pagans, Heathens and Wiccans on the Planet)

VoxLinks: The Pagan Web: 8,000 Listings

Your Witchvox Account: Log in Now - Create New Account - Request New Password - Log in Problems

Personal Listings: Pagan Clergy in Your Town - Adult Pagans - Young Pagans - Military Pagans

Events: Circles, Gatherings, Workshops & Festivals

Covens/Groups/Orgs: Local Groups Main Page

Other LOCAL Resources: Local Shops - Regional Sites - Local Notices - Global/National Notices - Local Skills & Services - Local Egroups - Political Freedom Fighters

Pagan Shopping: Online Shops Index - Original Crafters Sites - Auction Sites - Pagan Wholesalers - Pagan Local Shops

Web Site Content (including: text - graphics - html - look & feel)
Copyright 1997-2018 The Witches' Voice Inc. All rights reserved
Note: Authors & Artists retain the copyright for their work(s) on this website.
Unauthorized reproduction without prior permission is a violation of copyright laws.

Website structure, evolution and php coding by Fritz Jung on a Macintosh G5.

Any and all personal political opinions expressed in the public listing sections (including, but not restricted to, personals, events, groups, shops, Wren’s Nest, etc.) are solely those of the author(s) and do not reflect the opinion of The Witches’ Voice, Inc. TWV is a nonprofit, nonpartisan educational organization.

Sponsorship: Visit the Witches' Voice Sponsor Page for info on how you
can help support this Community Resource. Donations ARE Tax Deductible.
The Witches' Voice carries a 501(c)(3) certificate and a Federal Tax ID.

Mail Us: The Witches' Voice Inc., P.O. Box 341018, Tampa, Florida 33694-1018 U.S.A.
Witches, Pagans
of The World

Search Articles

 Current Topic
 Editorial Guide

NOTE: The essay on this page contains the writings and opinions of the listed author(s) and is not necessarily shared or endorsed by the Witches' Voice inc.

The Witches' Voice does not verify or attest to the historical accuracy contained in the content of this essay.

All WitchVox essays contain a valid email address, feel free to send your comments, thoughts or concerns directly to the listed author(s).